Friday, July 8, 2011

Abandon by Meg Cabot

Title: Abandon
Author: Meg Cabot (Meg's Website)
Release: May 2011

She didn't fall into his world. She was taken.
Seventeen-year-old Pierce knows what happens to us when we die.
That's how she met John Hayden, the mysterious stranger who's made returning to normal life—or at least life as Pierce knew it before the accident—next to impossible.
Though she thought she escaped him—starting a new school in a whole new place—it turns out she was wrong. He finds her.
What does John want from her? Pierce thinks she knows... just like she knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven. But she can't stay away from him, either, especially since he's always there when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.
But if she lets herself fall any further, she might find herself back in the place she fears the most.
And when Pierce discovers the shocking truth, that’s exactly where John sweeps her:
The Underworld.

Over all I really enjoyed reading  this book. I can see why multiple books by Meg Cabot have made it to the bestsellers list. I'll admit that I was hesitant to buy (and to read) this book when I was at the store, but when I read the first chapter and it captivated me. The thing that I loved most was the story line. I can honestly say it was really interesting. I loved the way the author told the story and kept parts a mystery to the reader, at least until the main character revealed it. For example, throughout the book you reveal more and more of Pierce's past and each time you think you know what happened, you discover something different. Like, how she died, what happened in the Underworld, and what happened at her old school that got her kicked out. I won't spoil the book for you, so you'll have to figure that out on your own. :) 
I can say that throughout the book you sort of inherit Pierce's suspicion and hesitance to like some of the other characters. Your not sure if they are evil, good, or somewhere in the middle. As for John Hayden, the mysterious boy she met in the underworld and who keeps showing up to save her from threats, well, you learn to love him... kind of.
But every book needs a mysterious, dark, tall, brooding, (or as one character described him) moody guy to save the heroine, right?  It helps that in everything he does, even in the end, he does it for love.
Since I am on the subject of characters, I will add that I wish I saw more of Alex, Kayla, Pierce's Uncle Chris and the other, minor characters throughout the book. It's sort of like you knew they were there but you couldn't connect well with them (and maybe that's how it was intended), I hope to see more of them in the next book, though.
On to the next part. The book seemed like more of it happened in the past then in the "present" but I guess the author did that to keep the reader on the edge of there seat, waiting to find out what was going on. What I didn't like was how the book jumped from the "present" into the characters past so quickly that I hardly realized that it switched. There was no spacing between those paragraphs and rarely any chapter changes to indicate that it switched. Basically, it just confused me, at some of those part. More towards, the end, though, it was more in the "present" and that's when a lot of the more exciting things started happening. 
When all is said and done, the books' pros outweighed the cons by a long shot, and the ending is just so unpredictable that it will leave you wanting more. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves YA books. It's a fantastic read and very entertaining I can't wait for  the next in this (so far) wonderful trilogy to release. 

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